Man booker international longlist 2016 my thoughts

 

The list is as follows plus my short view of each book

José Eduardo Agualusa (Angola) Daniel Hahn, A General Theory of Oblivion (Harvill Secker)

I loved his Book of Chameleons which I reviewed a few years ago , this was one of two books back in January I tried to get from the library but couldn’t get as they hadn’t got it . I have yet to get this one

Elena Ferrante (Italy) Ann Goldstein, The Story of the Lost Child (Europa Editions)

Well I am pleased she has finally made a longlist, although I have struggled to read Ferrante, but will treat this as a stand alone book .I order my editon at 2 this morning from the library.

Han Kang (South Korea) Deborah Smith, The Vegetarian (Portobello Books)

One I got right a triptych of stories around one woman and her life . My review 

Maylis de Kerangal (France) Jessica Moore, Mend the Living (Maclehose Press)

I loved this one and it just missed the cut of my list yesterday so pleasedktis on the actual list . A pulsating day as one mans heart goes on a journey . MY review 

Eka Kurniawan (Indonesia) Labodalih Sembiring, Man Tiger (Verso Books)

This was the other book I tried to get at the start of the year as it like the Agualusa was on Boyd’s end of year list last year . I have yet to get this one

Yan Lianke (China) Carlos Rojas, The Four Books (Chatto & Windus)

I read Dream of Ding village that was also on the old IFFP list here is my review  .I ordered this from the library

Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Democratic Republic of Congo/Austria) Roland Glasser, Tram 83 (Jacaranda)

My second one right so leased to see this it was such a fast paced and well translated book here is my review .

Raduan Nassar (Brazil) Stefan Tobler, A Cup of Rage (Penguin Modern Classics)

Strange I got the other book Penguin had brought out just this week by this writer so I will have to order this as I wanted this but my library only had Ancient Tillage .

Marie NDiaye (France) Jordan Stump, Ladivine (Maclehose Press)

I reviewed three strong women by Marie which I reviewed here  and am looking forward to this as it is yet to come out .

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Kenzaburō Ōe (Japan) Deborah Boliner Boem, Death by Water (Atlantic Books)

I have read this and said to Tony not thinking it would that it would make the longlist well it did great see a later book from a great writer like Oe . My review 

Aki Ollikainen (Finland) Emily Jeremiah & Fleur Jeremiah, White Hunger (Peirene Press)

I just missed this yesterday so many books so few spaces in my 13 as ever a great book from Peirene on the list this is a powerful tale on surviving hunger . My review 

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Orhan Pamuk (Turkey) Ekin Oklap, A Strangeness in My Mind (Faber & Faber)

I should guessed this would be on the list his other books have been on the old IFFP list . I am even more pleased to have read the longest book on the long list here is my review .

Robert Seethaler (Austria) Charlotte Collins, A Whole Life (Picador)

Every year there is one that had passed me by totally and this is the one I have ordered it from the library and looking forward to it .

Well Tony had some bits right in his post yesterday. This is much same as last few IFFP list with a couple of extra books I feellike the Ferrant and Tram 83. Still shocked why Istros hasn’t got a book again or world editions. BUt I have seven new books to read in the next few weeks .

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa Hill
    Mar 10, 2016 @ 08:23:09

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  3. Tony
    Mar 10, 2016 @ 08:48:35

    Lots of fun ahead – let the reading begin🙂

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  4. whisperinggums
    Mar 10, 2016 @ 09:54:51

    You’ve made a good start Stu! Well done.

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  5. JacquiWine
    Mar 10, 2016 @ 11:04:07

    It’s good to see your thoughts on the list, Stu – sounds like you’ve got plenty to look forward to over the next month or so. I’ve only read two of the books: the Ferrante and White Hunger – very happy to see both on the longlist. The Seethaler is in my TBR, I’ve heard great things about it.

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  6. A Little Blog of Books
    Mar 10, 2016 @ 13:30:20

    Really excited about this longlist and great to see that it’s truly global. I’ve only read the Ferrante and de Kerangal so far but loved them both.

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  7. Claire 'Word by Word'
    Mar 10, 2016 @ 20:11:04

    Love this list, much to get excited about and thanks for all your connections Stu, happy reading!

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  8. farmlanebooks
    Mar 11, 2016 @ 21:20:44

    Ooohh – I have Book of Chameleons in my TBR, but hadn’t made the connection with this book on the longlist. Will have to get around to reading Book of Chameleons!

    I tried reading The Four Books earlier this year and found the style really weird. I hope you have more luck than I did with it. The only other book from this list I’ve read is The Vegetarian so I look forward to seeing your thoughts on the rest of the longlist!

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